LEXINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - Another milestone in the recovery efforts after tornadoes devastated parts of southern Indiana last March.
A mother who lost her young son and her grandparents in the tornado will move into a newly rebuilt home, this weekend.
Amanda Jackson lives in Lexington, Indiana. That's about 30 miles southeast of Seymour, near Chelsea.
Three crosses stand in front of Amanda Jackson's home: memories of her grandparents, and of her 4-year-old son Daylynn.
"You have your life, before March 2, and you have your life after March 2. Absolutely nothing is the same, nothing," explained Jackson.
Jackson managed to get to her grandparent's home with two of her four children when the tornado hit.
They got into a bathroom, and the children put pillows over their heads.
But the tornado tore over their home, and everyone was ripped from the ground. Jackson landed face down, in the mud.
"As I turned around, my grandparents were behind me face down," said Jackson.
She finally found her 10-year-old daughter, alive.
"I told her, I said, I can't find your brother. I can't see anything because of the mud," said Jackson.
Daylynn and her grandparents passed away that day, and Jackson herself was seriously hurt.
It took months to get back on her feet, and she still is recovering physically.
"Everything changes, everything," she explained.
She carries Daylynn's ashes around her neck.
It's been a long road, but with the help of VROC, or "volunteers rebuilding our community," Jackson's home was rebuilt over the past year – in the same place where her grandparent's home once stood. Her own home was also destroyed in the storm.
Jackson said there was no question she would stay here.
"I just have a firm belief that for some reason, I was here that day. This is where Daylynn, he's gotta be here," she said. "This is home."
As she begins to move in with her three small girls, Jackson says she now has a message for all parents: to take storms seriously.
"You need to be prepared. To know your surroundings, and to always know a safe place to go," said Jackson.
Because life, is precious.
"Material is absolutely nothing, absolutely nothing," she said.
V-ROC and Amanda and other volunteers will hold a dedication for her home on Sunday afternoon.
She says she's so grateful for the help from volunteers. She'll be able to move in after the dedication.
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